It's normal to feel a sense of homesickness when returning to college after the holiday break. Acknowledge those feelings and “own them,” while also acknowledging that you may have to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone to leave those feelings behind.
Here are resources to help overcome this feeling and to make you feel more connected on campus, based on WVU’s Campus Mental Health and Mental Health America (MHA).
The Carruth Center
First and foremost, it’s important to know where to get help when you need it. WVU’s Carruth Center offers a wide range of counseling services, including a Crisis Clinic and group counseling. If you feel like you need someone to talk to about missing home or problems adjusting to campus, schedule an appointment at the Carruth Center by phone at 304-293-4431, or online through their scheduling page.
Additionally, WVU has partnered with Talkspace, an online therapy service that connects users to a dedicated therapist from a secure, HIPAA compliant platform and is available to all WVU students at no cost.
Well-being Adventure Series, a joint venture between the Carruth Center and
Adventure WV, returns this semester, offering students a variety of events
to connect with peers, try out a new activity and invest in their own well-being.
Programs are only a few hours long and involve basic instructions along with
some wellness components. All programs are beginner friendly, and very few require
Campus Clubs and Organizations
You can also choose from hundreds of student organizations, or even start your own! Becoming a part of something special on campus can give you a sense of purpose and let you do something fun in your free time.
Connect with students who share similar life experiences through University organizations like the LGBTQ+ Center, The Center for Black Culture and Research, the Women's Resources Center and Veteran Services. You can also see a list of religious student organizations as well as cultural and international student organizations.
Also, making some friends in the classroom can introduce you to people who share
your academic interests. Talk to people around you in class, and try making plans
with them to study or even do something fun outside of the classroom. Ask your
roommate or someone down the hall to go to dinner. You may find they are feeling
the same way and looking for a new friend.
Visiting one of WVU’s many amenities could be beneficial when you feel homesick. Study at one of the libraries, hit the Student Rec Center for a workout or get a bite to eat at the Mountainlair. WVUp All Night is a great event where you can meet people, do some really fun things, eat food and engage in an activity that will make you feel part of WVU.
You can also enjoy the great outdoors by visiting Adventure WV’s Outdoor Recreation Center for equipment rentals, see what's going on at the Evansdale Fields or visit the Core Arboretum. Getting out of the house and clearing your mind can help you feel motivated and become more familiar with campus terrain.
Attend an event and ask a friend to go with you. Check out the Refresh and Student Events websites for upcoming events.
Stay in Touch With Family and Friends
Keeping connections with those at home is the best way to help when you’re feeling homesick. Make sure to call your family and friends at home at least once a week and visit periodically.
MHA even suggests decorating your room with the same color scheme as the one you have at home. You can also bring valuable items, like blankets, stuffed animals, pictures and decorations from home to help you feel more comfortable at school.